- The Washington Times - Friday, May 14, 2010

As a proud and patriotic American, I was outraged that an American school would actually send its students away - ostensibly because it was worried about provoking other students - because they wore shirts with American flags on Cinco de Mayo (“Stinko de Mayo,” Comment & Analysis, May7).

This incident is symptomatic of political correctness gone horribly awry in our country, where the majority is forced to compromise and bend over backwards in deference to a smaller but very vocal minority. It goes against the very foundation of our democracy. In America we all have the right to express and celebrate our cultural heritage - be it Mexican-American, Serbian-American, Native-American, African-American, Irish-American, etc. But we are all Americans first, and as such, should never be afraid to express pride in our country. Neither should we ever engage in persecuting fellow Americans for their cultural background, as we are a nation of numerous ethnic groups wherein the sum is greater than the parts.

The school administration in question needs to deal not with those students who choose to wear patriotic shirts, but with those who would violently deny the rights of their peers to exercise free speech.

MICHAEL PRAVICA

Henderson, Nev.



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